The Secret Paris of the '30s

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"The Secret Paris of the '30s is one of the most evocative photographic memoirs ever published. For years it was known that Brassai had taken a series of 'secret photographs' which could not be published because of their daring nature. Alone, or in the company of friends, he discovered the forbidden Paris of the 1930s - its brothels, whores, pimps, and opium dens - the sordid yet bewitching bas-monde where high society mingled with the underworld. Brassai's photographs reveal a milieu previously known only through books such as the novels of ...
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Overview

"The Secret Paris of the '30s is one of the most evocative photographic memoirs ever published. For years it was known that Brassai had taken a series of 'secret photographs' which could not be published because of their daring nature. Alone, or in the company of friends, he discovered the forbidden Paris of the 1930s - its brothels, whores, pimps, and opium dens - the sordid yet bewitching bas-monde where high society mingled with the underworld. Brassai's photographs reveal a milieu previously known only through books such as the novels of Henry Miller (a frequent companion on his nocturnal rambles): the seamy, grimy yet infinitely exciting reality that tourists still think of when they seek 'Paris by night'. These fascinating images are accompanied by Brassai's own text, in which he describes the extraordinary conditions under which he took his photographs."--BOOK JACKET.
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Editorial Reviews

New Republic
[A] textbook example of candid photography being used as a tool for cultural investigation at the beginning of its golden age.
San Diego Union Tribune
Offers . . . [a] peephole slant of Brassaï, the grungy 'forbidden' glamour that once made his books contraband.
Virginia Quarterly Review
Brassaï's text is superb; his photographs are unforgettable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500271087
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,409,284
  • Product dimensions: 8.26 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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